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Keynote Speakers

Prof. Kuan-Chou Chen
Purdue University Northwest, USA

Kuan-Chou Chen is the Associate Dean for Graduate Program and Research, Thomas M. McDermott Sr. Endowed Chair, Professor in Economic Development, Professor of Management Information Systems. He was the Department Head of Information Systems, Finance, and Business Analytics (2005-2016), as well as Interim Department Head of Department of Graduate Studies in Education (2013-2014) at Purdue University Northwest. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and his MBA from National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan. He specialized in computer programming, system simulation, project management, decision support systems, data mining, system analysis and design, e-business strategy and application, supply chain management, network design and security, knowledge management, and information economy. Professor Chen has more than 90 scholarly publications, most in peer-reviewed journals. He is an active participant in several professional journals and serves on three paper reviewer boards. Currently he is an Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning. His productivity and scholarship have been recognized by his colleagues, being nominated three years in a row for an ¡°Outstanding Scholar Award.¡± He also the recipient of Teacher of the Year Award (Purdue University Northwest, 2005).
Speech Title: Using Cooperative Learning to Build an Online Learning Community for E-Education
Abstract: E-education is a form of education which is delivered and administered using the Internet. In other words, E-learning is the act of engaging in an educational course in an online setting. E-learning courses can exist in a variety of forms, using a range of technologies. Commonly used in organizations like schools and corporations, E-learning can help learners complete education and training objectives with greater ease and flexibility than they can with traditional classroom-based learning. E-learning courses can use a variety of techniques, including audio and video recordings, presentations, quizzes, surveys, games, discussion groups, and more. more.

For E-education instructional method, there are numerous possible combinations of factors, but it is unlikely that a single factor alone will significantly affect student success. However, it is obviously to find teaching style will impact the whole learning process. Cooperative learning is the instructional use of small groups so that students work together to maximize their own and each other¡¯s learning. Cooperative learning helps build strengthened individual and team performance which in information Systems class and helps produce more high-quality graduates for tomorrow¡¯s workforce. In cooperative learning, the instructor acts as a facilitator, a tutor, a resource, but is not the source of the course¡¯s content---the students are, through their own research and analysis. The aim: fostering independence and critical thinking. Through this presentation, we will discuss the importance of collaboration in facilitating the development of a learning community and in achieving the desired learning outcomes for the online courses. Furthermore, we will explore the concept of collaboration by suggesting ways to promote it. The skills of interdependence must be developed and taught through a process of cooperative learning. This presentation also will demonstrate the applications of cooperative learning elements to the online education.

Prof. Yongsheng Ma
University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Yongsheng Ma joined the faculty of engineering, University of Alberta in 2007, and has been a full professor since 2013. Dr. Ma is a member of ASEE, SME, SPE and an Alberta registered Professional Engineer. He teaches Capstone Design Projects, Engineering Informatics, Engineering Economics and Manufacturing Processes. His main research areas include e-Manufacturing, feature-based design and manufacturing modeling, CADCAM, ERP process modeling and product lifecycle management. Dr. Ma received his B.Eng. from Tsinghua University, Beijing (1986), both M.Sc. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) from UMIST, UK. In 2000-2007, he was a faculty with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Ma publishes actively in top international journals and conferences, especially in the field of Semantic Modeling for Product and Process Engineering. Dr. Ma had been an associate editor of IEEE Transaction of Automation Science and Engineering (2009-2013). Since 2012, he has served as an editor of Advanced Engineering Informatics. Due to his fruitful collaboration with a Canadian manufacturer, in 2012, he won the prestigious ASTech award sponsored by Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation. Dr. Ma started his career as a polytechnic lecturer in Singapore (1993); and then a senior research fellow and group manager (1996-2000) at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology. Dr. Ma also served in department selection committee (2012), faculty nominating (2009-2011) and evaluation committees (2011). Dr. Ma had been a member of General Faculty Council (GFC) and a university senator from July, 2013 to July, 2016.

Speech Title: OBE in Engineering Education at a Canadian university
Abstract: Outcome-based education (OBE) has been well an established pedagogy in world-wide education systems including top class universities. However, there have been huge challenges in implementation and evaluation due to the complexity of measures, analytics involved, and processes. This keynote presentation introduces a successful implementation case in a Canadian university for typical and core engineering course. The contents covers the structure of graduate attributes, strategies of syllabus design, quantitative evaluation of student works, and alignment to Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) requirements. Site evaluation process is also introduced. Based on Professor Ma¡¯s rich experience, detailed mechanisms to support group activities, engineering project management, knowledge application and team skill development, and the association matrix to graduate attributes are presented with many cases. Ideally, this presentation will help colleagues in engineering education institutions to plan, implement and evaluate their OBE systems as well as strategies. Used tools and effective methods are also shared and discussed.

Prof. Laurence Anthony
Waseda University, Japan

Laurence Anthony is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan. He has a BSc degree (Mathematical Physics) from the University of Manchester, UK, and MA (TESL/TEFL) and PhD (Applied Linguistics) degrees from the University of Birmingham, UK. He is a former Director and the current coordinator of graduate school English in the Center for English Language Education in Science and Engineering (CELESE). His main research interests are in corpus linguistics, educational technology, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) program design and teaching methodologies. He serves on the editorial boards of various international journals and is a frequent member of the scientific committees of international conferences. He received the National Prize of the Japan Association for English Corpus Studies (JAECS) in 2012 for his work in corpus software tools design.
Speech Title: Introducing Corpus Tools and Methods into the Technical Writing Classroom through Data-Driven Learning (DDL)
Abstract: The technical writing classroom can be a challenging environment for both instructors and learners. Most technical writing classes are heterogeneous in nature with learners coming from various disciplines and arriving with different needs, language and learning objectives, and preferred ways of study. Instructors might also be from backgrounds that differ from the learners, and thus, they may not always be knowledgeable of the writing conventions of each target discipline. In this environment, a data-driven approach (DDL) to learning through the use of corpus tools and methods can greatly enhance the learning experience. Not only can DDL provide instructors with valuable insights on writing across a wide range of disciplines, it can also empower learners to be able to learn directly from language data. In this plenary talk, I will first introduce the core concepts of DDL and explain some of the technical challenges that have been traditionally associated with the approach. Next, I will introduce several newly developed educational technology solutions that address the most serious of these challenges and help to greatly enhance the learning experience. In particular, I will introduce the AntCorGen automatic discipline-specific corpus generation tool and show how it can be effectively used in the writing classroom. At the end of the presentation, I will discuss how software developers, language program administrators, instructors, and learners can all make important contributions to the development of future corpus tools and methods for the writing classroom.

Prof. Carin Chuang
Purdue University Northwest, USA

Carin Chuang is a Professor of Management Information Systems in the College of Business at Purdue University Northwest. Carin holds a Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Purdue University and two Master degrees from Michigan State University with an emphasis on hospitality information systems and urban studies. Carin previously taught ten years in the Computer and Information Technology Department at Purdue University Northwest --- Westville campus and was awarded University wide 2014-2015 Outstanding Teacher Award.

Carin teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Systems Analysis and Design, Project Management, E-Business Strategy, Principles of Information Systems, Database Management Analysis and Design, Advanced Spreadsheet Applications, and Internet Programming. Dr. Chuang has more than 50 scholarly publications.  Dr. Chuang¡¯s research interests focus on enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation and evaluation, system dynamics and simulation, business information system analysis, project management, e-business strategy, and experiential learning. Dr. Chuang was awarded four Scholarship of Engagement (SOE) Grants from the Indiana Campus Compact to design service-learning courses and community engagement projects.

Prior to joining academia, Dr. Chuang had 13 years industry experience and worked in well-known Fortune 500 companies including EDS (Electronic Data Systems), Caterpillar Inc. and Perkins+Will Global.

Speech Title: Exploring Education in Service-Learning From Faculty Motivation to Course Re-Design
Abstract: Service-learning is to promote real-world relevance through the application of classroom knowledge to problems in the business community. Service-learning can enhance students¡¯ subject matter learning, understanding and hands-on experiences. Using service-learning as the teaching strategy provides an innovative pedagogy approach to realize higher education¡¯s civic responsibilities. Despite the known facts to its benefits, service-learning is not thoroughly integrated into higher education curriculum in all disciplines. Lack of integration is often considered the results of faculty¡¯s extra work in course re-design and minimal institutional commitment to service-learning, including scarce administrative support, faculty participation, and funding, etc.¡­ This talk will present the service-learning course design and discuss the faculty¡¯s motivation and satisfaction from integrating service-learning into their teaching. This presentation is helpful to faculty in service-learning course re-design. It is also useful to identify areas and provide recommendations for faculty members, institutions, research funding sponsors, the field of service-learning and higher education administrators to motivate and encourage more faculty integrating service-learning into their teaching with needed supports.

Plenary Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Donghui Lin
Kyoto University, Japan

Donghui Lin has been an associate professor in the Department of Social Informatics, at the Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University since 2018. Lin holds a Ph.D. in Informatics from Kyoto University and a master's degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Prior to joining Kyoto University in 2012, he was a researcher at National Institute of Information and Communications Technology in 2008-2011. He has been working on service-oriented computing and conducting the research and development of language service infrastructures for intercultural collaboration for ten years. He served as a program co-chair of the interdisciplinary International Conference on Culture and Computing 2013-2017, a co-organizer of International Workshop on Worldwide Language Service Infrastructure 2013-2016, and a program committee member of major international conferences in the area of service-oriented computing and language resources. He was a recipient of the 2012 Achievement Award of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers.

Speech Title: Multi-Language Service Design: Enabling Technologies and Applications
Abstract: Globalization increasingly demands multi-language communication and intercultural collaboration on the Internet, as well as in local communities. To support the design of multi-language services and collaboration tools, we have established the Language Grid, which is a service infrastructure that allows users to create Web-based language services from existing language resources and combine them to adapt to various application domains. This talk explains the enabling technologies and applications for multi-language service design based on our more than ten years of experiences in developing and operating the Language Grid. We first introduce the design concept, service-oriented architecture and institutional design of the Language Grid. Then we explain how we utilize various technologies in the areas of services computing, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction for designing multi-language services, including the translation services and the communication services. Finally, we demonstrate several typical applications of multi-language service design including our activity called YMC-Viet: a youth mediated communication project in Vietnam, where Japanese agricultural experts transfer knowledge to Vietnamese farmers in high illiteracy regions. By integrating various language services, we realized a communication channel between experts and farmers via children to bridge the significant communication gaps including language, knowledge, culture, and distance.

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